War Diaries of M Battery, Royal Horse Artillery

1939

 

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August 1939

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Place Date Hour Summary of Events and Information References to Appendices
Abbassia 23/8/39. 0250 Order "UMBRELLA"  
Abbassia 24/8/39 0900 Order "SCRAM" received  
Abbassia 25/8/39 0531 R.H.Q. & wheels of "P" Bty. R.H.A.  
Abbassia 26/8/39   Change of Equipment 2 pdr Anti-Tank Guns Handed over to "P" Bty R.H.A.  
      "M" Bty Equiped with Bofor Portee Guns 3.7mm.  
Abbassia 31/8/39 0600 Major R.B.T. Daniell RHA, returned from UK and assumed Command of Details 3rd Reg R.H.A.  
Abbassia 31/8/39 0830 First P.A.D alarm given "ALERT PERIOD"  
         
     

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      LIEUT R.H.A  
      Commanding "M" Battery R.H.A.  
         

 

September 1939

Commanding Officer: 

Place Date Hour Summary of Events and Information References to Appendices
Abbassia 3-9-40. 0630 All Regular Troops under the Command of the General Officer Commanding in Chief British Troops in Egypt are placed on active service as from 3rd Sept 1939 (G.O.434)  
Abbassia 5-8-40 0600 A. Censorship of all Mail was Instituted on this date.  
Abbassia 5-8-40 0800 First Bofor Firing practice took place (on Anti Tank Range. Suez Road)  
Abbassia 5-8-40 0600 Re-classification of Promotions & Appointments due to National Emergency.  
      All temporary Ranks held within the Regiment will now be reclassified as Paid acting Ranks W.E.F. 3rd Sept. 1939. (RA Record Inst No 733 dated 5-9-39)  
Abbassia 19-9-39 0600 All British Troops serving in Egypt placed on a Mobilization Scale, General Order 451,  
         
         
     

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      LIEUT R.H.A  
      Commanding "M" Battery R.H.A.  
         

 

October 1939

Commanding Officer: 

Place Date Hour Summary of Events and Information References to Appendices
Abbassia 15-10-39 06.30am Move of Road Party "M" Bty RHA. & 1 troop of "D" Bty. under Lieut Maylan RHA.  
      Personnel 1 Officer and 46 other Ranks by Road. Vehicles 2 8Cwts, 1 Water Cart and 16 Portees. Route "A" of Regimental Mob. Scheme.  
El Alamein 15-10-39   Bivouac for the night.  
      Refilled with Petrol at Bahiz  
      Arrived at Madwar Camp Mersa Matruh. Monday 16-10-39. at 4.00pm.  
Abbassia 16-10-39 07.00am Move of Rail Party M. Bty. R.H.A & Troop of D. Bty. RHA. left Cairo Main 07.00hrs  
      Personnel One Officer & hundred and three other Ranks under Major R.B.T Daniell R.H.A.  
Mersa Matruh 16-10-39 14.00 hrs Arived Mersa Matruh  
Madwar Camp 16-10-39 18.00 hrs Arrived Madwar Camp. Bivouac for the night.  
Madwar Camp 17-10-39 08.30 Took over the Camp from "J" Bty. R.H.A.  
Madwar Camp 18-10-39 18.00 hrs Lieut W.P. Hobbs R.H.A. joined unit in the field,  
   "             " 18-10-39   Lieut J.H. Poyton RA joined "M" Bty. R.H.A. from J Bty. R.H.A.  
         
         
     

W P Hobbs

 
      LIEUT R.H.A  
      Commanding "M" Battery R.H.A.  
         

 

November 1939

Commanding Officer: 

Place Date Hour Summary of Events and Information References to Appendices
Madwar Camp 11-11-39 21.06 Warning Order from H.Q. Armoured Division. Bty would Return to Cairo on the 16/11/39.  
         
Madwar  16-11-39 06.00 M. Bty. Road Party Left Madwar Camp for Cairo under Major R.B.T. Daniell R.H.A.  
      Personnel 2 Officers 91 Other Ranks.  
         
Madwar Cam 16-11-39 10.00 "M" Bty Rail Party left Camp  
    14.30 hrs Entrained at Mersa Matruh for Cairo under Lieut E.W.P. Maylan RHA  
      Personnel 3 Officers 22 Other Ranks  
Helmeih 17-10-39 07.00 Rail Party arrived at Helmeih Siding  
Abbassia 17-11-39 08.00 Arrived in Barracks.  
    14.05 Road Party arrived in Barracks  
Abbassia 18-11-39 06.00 "M" Bty under H.Q. Hvy Armoured Brigade for Administration.  
Abbassia 1-12-39 06.00 "M" Bty under H.Q. Armoured Division W.E.F. 1-12-39  
         
     

W P Hobbs

 
      LIEUT R.H.A  
      Commanding "M"  Battery R.H.A.  
         

 

December 1939

Commanding Officer: 

Place Date Hour Summary of Events and Information References to Appendices
         
         
Egypt 1/12/39      
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  31/12/39      
         
     

R.B.T. Daniel

 
      Major  R.H.A  
      Commanding "M"  Battery R.H.A.  
         

 

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